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Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Attorney Gismondi attended college at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with highest honors in 1975. In 1978, he graduated from that University’s School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and his legal writing was selected for national publication.

After completing law school and serving a three-year term as a law clerk in federal district court, Attorney Gismondi entered the private practice of law in Pittsburgh. Since that time, he has chosen to limit his practice to only one area of the law ---- helping victims and their families in injury litigation. Attorney Gismondi has handled all types of injury claims including those resulting from medical malpractice, automobile accidents, airplane accidents, consumer products, on-the-job incidents, and a variety of other circumstances.

Attorney Gismondi has been a frequent interview guest on local television, and his cases have been featured nationally on the ABC Evening News, Good Morning America, 20/20, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, and in People Magazine.

In a national rating of lawyers’ abilities, the nation’s oldest and most-recognized reference source on lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, gives Mr. Gismondi an A/V rating, which is their highest rating for both legal ability and personal qualities such as reliability, diligence and ethics. He has also been named a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer."

Attorney Gismondi has been chosen by his peers for many leadership positions in professional organizations. In 1995, he was elected President of the 7,000-member Allegheny County Bar Association, and prior to that he was chosen as President of the Pa. Trial Lawyers Association, Western Pa. Chapter. He is the former Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pa., and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is also an invited member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

Attorney Gismondi is one of the state's best known speakers at conferences and seminars designed to teach other lawyers about personal injury law. He has been invited to speak at well over 100 such events throughout Pennsylvania. He has also written numerous articles on personal injury subjects.

In additional to his full-time practice of law, Attorney Gismondi is actively involved at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 1985 he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching a weekly course entitled Trial Advocacy. More recently, with his active support and assistance, the Law School established the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate Program, a unique curriculum designed to provide special training to law students who wish to become courtroom attorneys. In 2008, the Law School named Attorney Gismondi as the recipient of its "Distinguished Alumnus" award.

Attorney Gismondi makes his home in Pittsburgh with his wife Lisa and their three children, Maria, Victoria and Justin.  In his spare time he enjoys both Pitt Panther Football and Basketball.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    32 years
  2. Brain Injury: 15%
    32 years
  3. Birth Injury: 15%
    32 years
  4. Defective Products: 10%
    32 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    32 years



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Contact info

Grant Bldg Ste 700
310 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2016
Top 100 PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2016
Top 100 PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Top 1000 Lawyers PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2014
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2011
Top 100 PennsylvaniaSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Top 50 PittsburghSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2009
Professionalism AwardAllegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section2009
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Legal Person of the YearIsrael Bonds Corporation2006
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2006
Top 50 PittsburghSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Distinguished AlumnusUniversity of PittsburghN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGismondi & Associates1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationChairman, Medical Malpractice Section1998 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Allegheny County Bar FoundationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny CountyChairman, Membership CommitteeN/A
Listed in the National Registry of "Who's Who"N/AN/A
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny CountyBoard of GovernorsN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Allegheny County Bar AssociationPresident1996 - 1996
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Western ChapterPresident1988 - 1989
Trial Advocacy Foundation of PennsylvaniaChairman1987 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jeffress vs. BoardmanVerdict for plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
PaTLA Course Book"Summary of New Medical Malpractice Law: House Bill 1802"2009
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Periodic Payment Rule: Problems, Problems, Problems."2005
PaTLA News"The New Joint and Several Law - Impact on Joint Tortfeasor Releases"2003
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Treating Physician: What Information Can the Defense Get?"2001
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"Joint Tortfeasor Releases: Is There Change in the Wind?"2000
PaTLA Course Book"Screening and Investigation of Medical Malpractice Cases"2000
The Law Clerk (Maryland State Bar Association)"Using A Learned Treatise At Trial"1999
The Lawyers Journal"Prior Inconsistent Statements Under Pennyslvania Law"1999
National Practice Institute"Evidence Law: Comparing the Pennsylvania Rules to the Federal Rules"1999
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Superior Court's Expansion of Informed Consent: A Look At Duttry v. Patterson."1999
The Barrister"The New Medical Malpractice Law: Summary and Analysis"1997
PLJ"Proposed Rule of Evidence 702; Can You Prove the Earth is Round?"1997
Pennsylvania Law Weekly"The Two Disease Rule: A Doubled-Edged Sword"1997
Pittsburgh Legal Journal"Archie Cox: Public Servant, Private Man"1997
PBA Practice Bulletin"Direct Examination of the Expert Witness: Ten Basic Rules"1996
PBA Practice Bulletin"Joint Tortfeasor Release: Practical Answers to Practical Questions"1995
The Barrrister"Evidence Law: Comparing Pennsylvania Law to the Federal Rules of Evidence"1995
PLJ"O.J. Simpson/J.F.K.: Lessons to be Learned"1995
ACBA Course Book"Settling Personal Injury Claims for Minors, Decedents and Incompetents"1994
The Barrister"Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: What Must You Prove?"1994
PBA Practice Bulletin"Diminished Earnings Capacity: What Evidence Establishes the Claim"1991
Pennsylvania Law Journal Reporter"Structured Settlements Safer Thanks to Changes by IRS"1990
Pennsylvania Law Journal Reproter"Joint Tortfeasor Releases: Confusion Reigns"1989
39 Pittsburgh Law Review 121"The Press and Juvenile Delinquency Hearings: A Contextual Analysis of the Unrefined First Amendment Right of AccessN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of PittsburghN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
9th Annual Medical MalpracticeDeposing the Defendant Doctor2015
8th Annual Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice2014
7th Annual Medical MalpracticeSurgical Error Cases2013
6th Annual Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice2012
5th Annual Medical MalpracticeCase Law Update2011
4th Annual Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice2010
3rd Annual Medical MalpracticeJury Selection2009
2nd Annual Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice2008
Medical Malpractice ConferenceMedical Malpractice2007
University of Pittsburgh Medical SchoolMedical Malpractice cases1995
University of PittsburghIntense Court in Trial Advocacy1995
PBIAutomobile Seminar1995
PBIHow to Offer and Object to Trial Evidence1995
Academy of Trial LawyersFederal Practice in the Western District1995
Academy of Trial LawyersProducts Liability1995
Academy of Trial LawyersTechonological Advances in the County Courts1995
State Judges AssociationJoint Tortfeasors and Comparative Fault1994
PBITough Problems in Medical Malpractice1994
PBIJoint Tortfeasor Releases1994
PBIAuto Law Update1994
PBIHow to Offer Trial Evidence in the Civil Case1994
PBITrial Evidence1994
PaTLAWhat's It Worth and How to Get It1994
PaTLAThe Complete Trial1994
Allegheny General HospitalMock Trial1994
ACBALunch and Learn Joint Tort1994
University of Pittsburgh Medical SchoolMedical Malpractice Cases1993
PBICivil Trial Evidence1993
PBIAuto Law Update1993
PBICivil Law Update1993
PBIAdvanced Issues in Medical Malpractice1993
PBICivil Law Update1993
PBITrial Evidence1993
PATLAUpdate of the Law - Torts1993
Pa. Defense InstituteOpening Statements1993
ACBA Bench-BarJoint Tortfeasors1993
Academy of Trial LawyersFederal Court Program1993
Academy of Trial LawyersBasic Federal Practice: A Comparison of State and Federal Rules of Evidence1993
Academy of Trial LawyersJoint Tortfeasors and Contribution1993
Pitt Intensive Course in Trial AdvocacyOpening Statement1992
Pgh. Assn. of Risk ManagersHospital "Corporate" Liability1992
PBIComparative Negligence1992
PATLAIntroduction to Auto1992
PATLAUpdate of the Law1992
PATLAUpdate of the law - Torts1992
ACBAHospital "Corporate" Liability1992
Academy of Trial LawyersBasic Federal Practice: A Comparison of State and Federal Rules of Evidence1992
Pitt Intensive Course in Trial AdvocacyOpening Statement1991
PBITrial Evidence1991
PBIDirect and Cross Examination1991
PBITrial Techniques1991
PaTLAIntroduction to Auto Insurance Law1991
PaTLAIntroduction to Auto1991
PaTLAUpdate of the Law - Torts1991
Academy of Trial LawyersBasic Federal Practice: A Comparison of State and Federal Rules of Evidence1991
Academy of Trial LawyersFederal Court Lecture1991
State Conference of Trial JudgesSettling Minors and Decedents' Cases1990
PaTLAScreening and Investigation of Medical Malpractice Cases1990
PaTLAMasters Roundtable1990
Academy of Trial LawyersBasic Federal Practice: A Comparison of State and Federal Rules of Evidence1990
Academy of Trail LawyersConfidentiality and Discovery of Settlements1990
State Trial JudgesCourtroom Evidence1989
PaTLAStructured Settlements and Other Complex Settlement Devices1989
PaTLAAnnual Auto Seminar1989
PaTLATrying the Personal Injury Case1989
Dickinson Law SchoolInstructor, Cross Examination1989
Academy of Trial LawyersBasic Federal Practice: A Comparison of State and Federal Rules of Evidence1989
W.PaTLASettling PI Cases for Minors, Decedents and Incompetents1988
PaTLAChoosing Your Forum1988
PATLASettling Personal Injury Cases1988
PBITrial Evidence1987
PATLAImpact of Charles v. Giant Eagle1987
PBICross Ex of the Expert1986
PBIReal Evidence1986
PBIProving Damages1986
PATLAProducts Liability1986
PATLADiminished Earning Capacity1986
PATLAStructured Settlements/Joint Tort Releases1986
ACBA (Young Lawyers)Civil Litigation Generally1986
PATLAStructured Settlements/Jouint Tort Releases1985
PATLADiscovery of Expert Testimony W. Chpt.1985
PATLAAnnual Auto Seminar1985
PATLAJoint Tort Releases1984
Duquesne PracticumPreparation of Complaint1984
ACBAClosing Arguments1984
ACBAJoint Tort Releases1984